WED 6TH FEB 2013 Purchased a Raspberry PI , have had it for about two months. Tried Raspbian wheezy, Crunchbang and RISC OS, I liked RISC OS the most. Have not had much to do with BBC computers and RISC OS until using on the Raspberry PI. An early BBC game that runs on the PI is called Daredevil, it plays like stunt cycle but with changing levels and multiple jumping it's Really good fun. In the 80's there was a plethora of cool and cheap quirky microcomputers to tempt consumers. I was a big fan of the Commodore range, PC's were generally expensive and did not have great arcade style games. Microcomputers were cool but they died away when the FPS became the dominant genre, the cool games could only be found on the PC. Given that one of the operating systems for the PI is derived from a Microcomputer OS and the PI is super cheap, the PI feels a lot like a microcomputer. There has been a recent reboot of an Australian microcomputer the Microbee The reboot has been done very well, the new computer is compatible with old programs and peripherals. I would like to support the project by purchasing one, but my funds are very stretched at the moment and I can not afford one.
I have mentioned Jake quite often in my posts. He has helped with the museum from the start. He has got really good at the arcade game EXERION. When people think of early shoot 'em ups Galaga and Space Invaders are always thought of. A couple of titles that are overlooked are EXERION and Juno First, both share a kind of 3d effect the game developers used forced perspective to convey a 3d world. Last time the museum was open Jake (unofficially) broke the World record for EXERION by a couple of hundred. The game did clock/reset to the original enemy patterns, Jake said he thought the enemy were marginally faster the second time round.
The LAN is working great in the museum. No One Lives Forever works great on the PC's I have four PC's and two IMACS, Quake 3 works between the macs and the PC's fine but you must host the game on the PC it will not work if the mac is the host. Quake 3 is the only LAN game I have found that works simultaneously between macs and PC's. You can play Quake 3 for free online in your browser here
Just A quick update on the X3d game system. I have sent a couple of emails to people that worked on X3d and have had no response. Please contact me if you worked with X3d. Some X3d games come bundled with cheap and crap red blue glasses. Others were released with glasses that connect between the VGA in on your PC and the VGA lead. These glasses work very well. G-TOK is a great arcade style shoot'em up and the 3d effects with the expensive glasses are very good.
28th September 2012 Have installed some (x-treme) X3D games on a PC for the museum. X3D is a system that uses the blue/red style glasses. There is not a lot of info around the interweb about X3d If I get time, would like to dedicate a small page about it on this site. The games are not bedazzling, neither is the 3d effect but for some bizario reason Xtreme3d has spiked a passion in me. Not long ago I purchased a Christian theme 3d PC game it is named Heaven Sent and was written for win95. Have not had a chance to try it out yet but it will be great. I have a sick fascination with crap 3d games, also if I discover any Christmas or especially Santa theme Video Games I must have them.
A.C.M.I currently have a Video Game exhibition it started Thursday 28 June and will end Sunday 28 October. Last month I was invited to A.C.M.I to discuss video game collecting on a panel of three people. Pedro Batista and Mathew Keller both spoke before me Mathew has an unreal collection of Demo and promo and limited release games, he also operates a web site that has the best database of Aussie games. Pedro has an unreal collection of pre video game, Nintendo games and more. He wants to set up a centre to show his games. I decided to take a mechanical calculator to show and tell, it was unfortunate as I took the train and the weight of the calculator and other items nearly dislocated my arms. I was scrambled near the end of the day and accidentally took the organisers Green Gameboy in my bag, have apologised and sent it back though, hope she has forgiven me. Mathew showed of some awesome limited and demo items. I realise limited items can be cool to own, I love my Amazon edition of Ghostbusters for Wii. But am never really confident in purchasing anything that is sold as 'Limited' or 'collector'. It feels like every second game now is limited or special and limited to how many 10,000! that's not really limited. Perhaps a number under 500 could be considered limited. People who have shelled out an extra $50 dollars for a limited version of a game, are not going to take it home rip open the box and play it, the game will be put in a wardrobe or under a bed and collect dust. But as Mathew pointed out to me the prices for limited games have a habit of increasing on ebay. There was a competition on the day at A.C.M.I the general public brang there Video Game items along and us guys on the panel had to judge the best item. One of the items was GORF for Jaguar it was a Limited edition release but I think also ran into copy write issues. I read last week in Retro Gamer that it can sell for several hundred dollars. Perhaps Limited editions are the way to go, but I have real reservations about them I would take a demo,kiosk,promo,dev item anytime before a limited edition. The day at A.C.M.I was recorded and may be posted as a podcast will post a link if it is done so.
201214/4/2012 A really nice group of people from a LINUX conference spent a couple of hours in the Museum. A few members programed the EIA180 computer from Canberra, they programmed it to count. One of the guy's took the time to explain how it worked to me.
Adam a neighbour and friend has been helping out a lot. He recently gave me a couple of Laptops he found at the local tip/dump. I am using the Laptops for LAN games. The greatest item in the museum to be rescued From the Tip is a Hallion calculator a couple of years ago. Trevor who helps repair Arcade games in the museum, often recalls Arcade games that he threw to the tip while working for LAI. One of them was a working six player B@W Sprint, if only I could go back in time like Michael J Fox and rescue the games.
My Son Sam has been sick, Sam Sharon and I have been in and out of hospitals for a couple of months. I don't get into the museum as much as I would like. Because Sam is young the nurses let you stay overnight to help watch him. Both Hospitals we stayed at have free wifi so I spent a lot of my time trawling the internet for games/computers. I drew up a list at the start of the year of a few items that I wanted to aquire in 2012 and have got most of them. I have purchased Bit Trip beat, Obscure 2 and Fix It for Wii. Blood 2 PC, Halo PC. I would also like to set up a four player Game Boy advance link with Duke Nukem but that is going to take a while because it will cost more than a few pennies. I also discovered the eXtreme 3d system for PC. There is not much info at all about eXtreme 3d for PC on the internet. It is a 3d system that requires a 32mb video card and a CRT monitor. It will not work on a flat screen. I have bought a pack of eXtreme 3d games from America and hope to try them out soon. Have also purchased a Toshiba laptop, that at the time seemed like a good deal. It took a lot of messing around to get the LAN and sound drivers to instal and when I finally did so the computer would repeatedly crash. The operating system was Windows ME, I had read that ME is unstable. But was unaware of just how completely unstable and crashworthy it is, can't believe that Microsoft actually sold it. I have tried a lot of different versions of LINUX on the laptop but the hardware on the machine is quite unique (it was built to run ME) and it is quite difficult to install anything else. I have never been into tinkering, upgrading and installing before 'plug and play man'. But since working on a LAN for the museum have found the world of tinkering to be a pleasurable and addictive world. I ended up installing This. if you think emulation is a form of Masturbation, try Freedos and use the real thing.
14/10/2011 The local primary school idea mentioned in last post has not come about. Hope it does in the future, the idea has to go to committee meeting etc. I hope Mick can make it happen. I have a kids party coming up in the museum November 5th, I have had about six parties this year. I open at least once voluntarily every school holiday of the year. Am thinking about holding a retro gaming/computer event on a Saturday during summer. Hope I can find time to do it.
Have played a lot of COD Black Ops in Nazi Zombie mode on the Wii. Nazi Zombies shares characteristics with Pac Man. Player must learn how ghosts/zombies move and exploit this knowledge to survive. Learning patterns and using the correct power up/perk at the correct time is essential. Both games feature mazes not much storyline and no exploration both games are Super Uber Fun Cool. I had never really got into LAN and internet gaming, I was a huge Commodore and Sega fan and had always snubbed my nose at PC gaming. The Wii pulled me in because of its casual and innovative nature, but it has also allowed me to experience the coolness of Multiplayer and morphed me into a bit more of a PC LAN loving hard core gamer. So I have set up a small LAN in the museum. 5 computers play older LAN titles like Counter Strike, No one lives forever, Re-Volt. It was a lot of work setting the LAN computers up and I guess I don't snub my nose at PC gaming anymore. Although my nose may still get a little twitchy when some one mentions any MMORPG or RTS game.
Have been playing Montezuma's Return on XP you can download it Here.
20/6/2011 There are four local primary schools in my area under the Woady Yaloak banner, I have had a brief discussion with a committee member to allow school groups through the museum. The kids will be looked after by teachers, my only involvement will be to turn everything on. I hope it goes ahead.
13/6/2011 I had a School group from Mentone Grammar in the museum Friday. They have been coming for about two years now. It's always great to show them around. One of the Dads of the students worked on the AFL game that has recently been released on all consoles. Quite often the kids that come in teach me things, one of the guy's told me about an arcade game called Polybius. I had not heard of it and it is an interesting story/myth. Hereis a link to the Wikipedia page.
Maybe there is a perception of a priority clash in the museum between Computers and Video games. But I have always considered both to be intrinsically linked, an Electromechanical calculator has equal pride and place in the collection as a Top loading NES console. The magnificent graphics from OKAMI can not be achieved without Computer power. Systems to display and interact with a computing device have been influenced by Video Games. Steve Wozniak created Breakout for Atari, some of the electrical logic design he utilised was then used in the design of the apple IIe. I have been reading a book named The Study Of Games by Elliot M. Avedon, it was published in 1971. It discusses evidence of games played by ancient societies. On page two and three the indo-european origin of the word Game or (ghem) are discussed. it says that etymologists " say preliterate man used the word to describe Human behaviour but also of Animal". "some of the linguistic differentiation's which are associated with this root in modern English are:
gam- a leg, especially a woman's leg gamb- an animals leg or shank
gambado a leap of a horse
gambit an opening move in chess
gamble to participate in chance
Gammon the bottom end of a side of bacon or a victory in the game Backgammon.
The ability to do maths by humanity might have been developed in order to play Games? It's cool that nowadays we use incredible maths machines (computers) in order to create diverse and amazing Video Games.
1/6/2011 As mentioned previously I have been moving house and have finally set up a desktop I can use at will in my house. So I hope to do some more work on the ANU page next week. Have had a few kids birthday parties in the museum last month. Kids always seem impressed by mechanical/electromechanical calculators.
27/4/2011 Am doing a little more work on the ANU page tonight. Here is a photo of the joystick wall I constructed last year. The joysticks are tied to wire with fishing line. It was time consuming and frustrating to do.
20 /4/2011 Here are some new general photos of the museum
The Honeywell tape drives, power supply were donated from Geelong (mentioned in earlier log). The Falcom and Digital server are from the ANU. Computers on top of Honeywell machines are from the ANU
The monitor in the middle is used to display 'The Computer Cronichles' Cabinets either side show mainly micro computers. I dedicated one shelf to the Nintendo Wii. The computers on top of the cabinets are from the ANU. The cabinets and monitor/display were obtained at a nice price from a local Auction room Kittelty's they were originaly built for the Gold Museum in Ballarat.
These shelves feature mainly PCs the Exidy is from the ANU.
The COM - Kistler, I got this Computer at a swap meet. I think it is used for recording explosions!
This shows a cabinet full of gaming gear, I have garnered mostly from Garage Sales. The book case holds lots of gaming and micro magazines. The Tvs are used for NES and Pong.
These were obtained from the ANU. So happy to have got the FALCCOM gear, the Analogue computers are outstanding.
This is Jake he has been a supporter of the museum since the begining. He helped me move the ANU gear in. Behind him was a book shelf full of technical computer books. We had to put the books in storage to fit the ANU computers in. I obtained some nice books from the ANU to add to my existing collection. I hope to build large book shelves along the walls, so I can bring the books back out to the museum floor.
This was taken on a open day. These are a bunch of good looking blokes,Grant is bottom of Photo he teaches gaming at the School of Mines Ballarat.
19/4/2011 Have done a little work on the page I want to create for the ANU collection link here
As agreed Toni has picked up Nova 800, CSIRO Micronode, PDP 11/23, Microbee (and manual), TRS-80 (a grey/black keyboard)
Univiac computer boards, card punch gauge, All technical manuals/documents (relevant to items obtained)
. I wished him all the best, and hope that he is Content. David Hawkings has been very helpful, answering all questions I have put to him about the ANU collection.
10/4/2011 Last week I travelled to the Australian National University in Canberra to pick up most of the computers that had been stored in the front of this building. I will work on a page dedicated to the items my Computer museum was given and also to show the ins and outs of what was the ANU computer museum. I hope to have a new link to this information from my home page by the end of the month.
I can not provide pictures yet because I am in the process of moving house and can not find my card reader. In order to create this web site I learnt HTML. It is definitely not the sexiest site around but it's the best I can do. I can easily edit and add information and I own all the content. In order to make more room for the ANU page I will delete all thumbnail pictures and just use lists to navigate to photographs of items in the museum. I wish I could host my own site/get some free web space, but don't really know how, if anyone has suggestions please send me an email.
James at the ANU, contacted me on the 17th of March, about the items that were available. I was interested but hesitated at first. My Son has been very sick and we also have 4 month old baby, I have been flat out with work, moving house etc. It was only until James sent me pictures of some of the computers, that I knew I had to go. I arranged to take everything I could on the proviso that I would have a reasonable pick of the nicest items. Some cool computers are going to a guy setting up a museum in Bendigo (Awaiting for him to pick up.) My museum received some awesome computers. These will be detailed in the ANU page that I will upload before the end of the month. Attaining these items has really completed my computer museum, I have a good selection of computers from Analogue, mainframe, Pc and micro. It allows me to clearly show all forms of computers. Mentone Gramma bring students at the end of every term and I can't wait to show of some of the computers given by the ANU.
Private collections are often donated to public institutions after, the owners pass away or want to move on and the items are usually kept in good hands, but not always. One person set up an antique bottle museum in Clunes (not far from Ballarat) it flourished while he was around, when he died the museum was past to public hands and the best bottles in the collection soon disappeared. Privately owned collections are owned by one or a few individuals and they can choose to do what they want with the items, sell to the highest bidder? My point is both privately owned collections and publicly owned collections have desirable and undesirable characteristics and I guess when it comes down to it. No single person can own an item forever. Anyone involved in a museum of any kind, should do there best to do the right thing. I would like to see the items in my museum kept together maybe some day a public institution could take the collection, or maybe it could go to my children, I don't know what will happen but I will try and do the right thing.
I am a country boy at heart, travelling to Canberra with a huge trailer is a somewhat scary thing to do for me. I was on a tight budget and so could not waste money on accommodation. On the way to Canberra I stopped for the night at Bookham at a rest park and slept rough in my car. The park had a toilet block but no shower so I improvised and to wash used water from the sink in the disabled toilets. For tea I had a can of HEINZ Ham baked beans, some fruit and a cup of instant noodles, there was no hot water around and so thought to try cold soda water. Hopeing that the tiny Soda Water bubbles would help soften the noodles (they did not) the noodles were horrid but I managed to eat 3 quarters of the cup. In the morning I left for Canberra at about 9am to arrive at about 11am, I was helped by James and another guy (forgotten his name) to load the items, some of the items were mega heavy, I did my best to take as much as I could. Then left the university about 2 pm. To be honest I think the trailer was overloaded and I was a bit worried. Just coming out of Canberra a cop was doing speed checks in a 40km area luckily I was keeping to the limit, but had thought about speeding in order to get home quicker. The cop had a good look at the load and let me through. The load of computers certainly turned heads. I felt like the beautiful lady with a red dress. About two hours into the journey home a tyre on the trailer blew out. I got it changed ok, but was worried thinking that the trailer was overloaded and that another tyre may go when I hit Melbourne. But nothing awful happened and I arrived home safely. I then needed to get new items into the museum and set up before a free open day Saturday, it was a lot of work and I still have a lot to do.
Looking forward to uploading pictures and creating a page for the ANU collection.